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1 (To the chief Musician upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David.) Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.

2 They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.

3 The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:

4 Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?

5 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.

6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

8 The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.

Commentary for Psalms 12

The psalmist begs help of God, because there were none among men whom he durst trust.

- This psalm furnishes good thoughts for bad times; a man may comfort himself with such meditations and prayers. Let us see what makes the times bad, and when they may be said to be so. Ask the children of this world, What makes the times bad? they will tell you, Scarcity of money, decay of trade, and the desolations of war, make the times bad: but the Scripture lays the badness of the times on causes of another nature, #2Ti 3:1, &c.|: perilous times shall come, for sin shall abound; and of this David complains. When piety decays times really are bad. He who made man's mouth will call him to an account for his proud, profane, dissembling, or even useless words. When the poor and needy are oppressed, then the times are very bad. God himself takes notice of the oppression of the poor, and the sighing of the needy. When wickedness abounds, and is countenanced by those in authority, then the times are very bad. See with what good things we are here furnished for such bad times; and we cannot tell what times we may be reserved for. 1. We have a God to go to, from whom we may ask and expect the redress of all our grievances. 2. God will certainly punish and restrain false and proud men. 3. God will work deliverance for his oppressed people. His help is given in the fittest time. Though men are false, God is faithful; though they are not to be trusted, God is. The preciousness of God's word is compared to silver refined to the highest degree. How many proofs have been given of its power and truth! God will secure his chosen remnant, however bad the times are. As long as the world stands, there will be a generation of proud and wicked men. But all God's people are put into the hands of Christ our Saviour; there they are in safety, for none can pluck them thence; being built on Him, the Rock, they are safe, notwithstanding temptation or persecution come with ever so much force upon them.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 12

  • Kelly Frayer
    MY PEOPLE THAT ARE CALLED BY MY NAME WOULD HUMBLE THEM SELVES. AND PRAY THEN WILL THEY HEAR FROM HEAVEN I WILL HEAL THERE LAND.
  • Debbie Ayala ojeda
    yes this true and i must obey all my father has giving me the tools and one will hear for i love all my father is in us and thru one he speak yet ability are set in and preserve when needed i am only to obey his love and show one can deside for one self yet i am to pull those chosen one out for i to am not of this world and i prey for it amen
  • Justin Hurst
    I want to learn and feed frorm the word of the loard
  • Miz. Char
    I think this verse of scripture helps us every woman, man, girl or boy to realize that as The Lord spoke pure words continues to speak pure words, we should do the the same.
  • Steve morrow
    PROVERBS 14:7 GO FROM THE PRESENCE OF A FOOLISH MAN WHEN THOU PERCEIVEST NOT IN HIM THE LIPS OF KNOWLEDGE --14:8--THE WISDOM OF THE PRUDENT IS TO UNDERSTAND HIS WAY BUT THE FOLLY OF FOOLS IS DECEIT MATTHEW 7:21 NOT EVERY ONE THAT SAITH UNTO ME LORD LORD SHALL ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN --- BUT HE THAT DOETH --- THE WILL OF MY FATHER WHICH IS IN HEAVEN LUKE 8:21 AND HE ANSWERED AND SAID UNTO THEM MY MOTHER AND MY BRETHREN ARE THESE WHICH HERE THE --- WORD OF GOD AND DO IT --- PROVERBS 28:9 HE THAT TURNETH AWAY HIS EAR FROM HEARING THE LAW EVEN HIS PRAYER SHALL BE ABOMINATION GALATIANS 6:1 BRETHREN IF A MAN BE OVERTAKEN IN A FAULT YOU WHICH ARE SPIRITUAL RESTORE SUCH AN ONE IN THE SPIRIT OF MEEKNESS CONSIDERING THYSELF LEST THOU ALSO BE TEMPTED --6:2-- BEAR YE ONE ANOTHERS BURDENS AND --- SO FULFILL THE LAW OF CHRIST --- GALATIANS 6:9 AND LET US NOT BE WEARY IN WELL DOING FOR IN DUE SEASON WE SHALL REAP --- IF WE FAINT NOT --
  • Steve morrow
    PSALM 12:4 WHO HAVE SAID WITH OUR TONGUE WILL WE PREVAIL OUR LIPS ARE OUR OWN WHO IS LORD OVER US MATTHEW 15:7 --- YOU HYPOCRITES --- WELL DID ISAIAH PROPHESY OF YOU SAYING --15:8-- THIS PEOPLE DRAWETH UNTO ME WITH THEIR MOUTH AND HONORETH ME WITH THEIR LIPS BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR FROM ME
  • Steve morrow
    psalm 12:1 help LORD for the godly man ceaseth for the faithful fail from among the children of men 12:2 they speak vanity every one with his neighbor with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak
  • Steve morrow
    psalm 12:3 the LORD shall cut off all flattering lips and the tongue that speaketh proud things 12:4 WHO HAVE SAID WITH OUR TONGUE WILL WE PREVAIL OUR LIPS ARE OUR OWN --- WHO IS LORD OVER US ---

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The words of the Lord are like refined silver, purified how many times?
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